For the second time in three years Keith Atkinson has been awarded the

Dartford Borough under 21 Sportsman of the Year Award. His outstanding

achievements during 2003 including becoming the Formula Windsurfing under

22 UKWA National Champion and also the World Vice Champion, gaining his

Silver medal at Lake Garda in Italy last July, helped him to secure this

prestigious award and help put windsurfing on the map in his local borough.

The Dartford Borough annual sports awards are intended to honour those

clubs and individuals that have excelled within their chosen sport. The

deputy Mayor and Mayoress and many members of the Dartford Council plus

numerous sportspersons, athletes and their families and friends from in

and around the Dartford area attended the evening.

Keith also had the honour of providing one of three individual displays,

listing his achievements and showing some of his medals and trophies along

with numerous action photographs. The awards organisers were very keen to

display the sport of Windsurfing to the people of Dartford, considering

windsurfing as an excellent example of experiences to be gained by youths

being involved in such sports. In addition to gaining a healthy physique

and tan, Keith has travelled to many places around the world including

Hawaii, Florida, Italy, Egypt plus most of the European countries in

pursuit of the challenges in his chosen sport.

Following the awards ceremony, the occasion also gave Keith good

opportunity to socialise and thank the Dartford Borough Sports department

for their continued support while also discussing some of the financial

problems facing many British sports people. Keith is currently sponsored

by several companies providing him with invaluable support and assistance,

such as Bilbos Motorhomes providing Keith with the perfect transport

solution for his windsurfing travel needs, and the all important

windsurfing equipment itself from Starboard and NeilPryde.

Keith Atkinson would also like to express his gratitude for the support

that he receives from the following: -

Team SurfKraft, RYA Team GBR, Physioactive of Mottingham, Water Rower,

Bewl Valley Sailing Club, PSP Sports Drinks, Wet 'n' Dry Boardsports,

Boards Magazine, Deboichet Fins, Sanspeed Superchips.